A TROUPE of nine gifted young ballerinas from across Woking can add a feather to their cap after being lucky enough to dance on stage with professionals from one of the UK’s largest ballet companies.
The talented new recruits were selected from 200 hopefuls after auditioning in July for a part in the award-winning English Youth Ballet company’s electrifying adaptation of Swan Lake at Woking’s New Victoria Theatre.
The cast danced beautifully with the intense drama of the classic ballet in three breathtaking performances to a packed-out auditorium.
The chosen few who danced with the stunning international principal artists were Sophia Trowbridge-Fifield, 11, Emily Smith, 14, Rose Roberts, 10, Maria Kolyagina, 14, Analise Preston, 10, Caroline Duval, 10, Anya Dionisio, 11, Naomi Munday, 11, and Rose Shorey, 10.
The unique experience has given the girls a rare insight into what life is like as a professional ballerina. Sophia, who started dancing at the age of three, said: “I had an amazing experience. As a swan on pointe with much older girls, it was a big challenge being the youngest.
“The costume was beautiful. I loved every minute and did not want it to end. I am very grateful for the opportunity to share the stage with professional dancers and I am even more motivated and excited to perform in future.
“I want to pursue a career in dance, choreography and teaching, and one day have my own school. Thank you English Youth Ballet – I can’t wait for the next audition.”
Money raised at the performances is going towards oxygen saturation monitors for the Children’s Ward at the Royal Surrey Hospital.